Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Safety First



Just as I thought Junko Shimada had outdone herself with sideways heels, now another Japanese fashion designer has come up with awesome threads that do double duty as urban camouflage.

My son Oakley, who has his finger on the pulse of absurdity, sent me the New York Times story which discusses, among other things, a dress that converts to a coke machine and a purse that looks like a manhole cover--you just lay it on the street and criminals walk right by! They're the creations of Aya Tsukioka. According to the story, the designer "lifted a flap on her skirt to reveal a large sheet of cloth printed in bright red with a soft drink logo partly visible. By holding the sheet open and stepping to the side of the road, she showed how a woman walking alone could elude pursuers by disguising herself as a vending machine."

As you can see from the picture, the coke machine dress is pretty convincing, but once they catch on, won't it become second nature for the criminal element, when confronted with a line of vending machines, to stoop down and look for tell-tale feet? I mean aren't we all conditioned to do this already in a public restroom? And when everyone starts to lay their sewer cover purses on the street, how can you tell which is which? People will be walking away with each others', and occasionally, they'll run off with an actual sewer cover. Then you'll have people falling into sewers. YUCK.

And what'll happen when this trend crosses over to America? In Manhattan will there be any number of sleek black garments that double as hot dog stands? Fairbanks, will it become known as the home of dogsled trousers? Mush! Texas ladies will have their big hair coifed into..let's see...into...come to think of it, I'll bet that hair's already hiding plenty of valuables. Mississippian fashion will add another layer of meaning to the expression "play possum." Here in New Mexico, broomstick skirts will slide open to reveal convincing fajita concessions and Stetsons will convert to orange highway barrels. I shudder, God forbid, to think about what convincing replicas they'll be wearing in D.C.

7 comments:

Daphne said...

Funny conclusion! I can't imagine what DC costumes could be. A suit that converts to a scandal tabloid, jail cell, bank in the Cayman's...

San said...

Daphne, the jail cell is a sensible option.

Joe Friday said...

Don't knock it, ma'am. Sounds pretty solid to me. Pretty good crimestopping technology.

CHEWY said...

Sometimes I think, "it's all been done". Then comes along a fresh new creative idea like this. I like the manhole purse.

How about an iPod cover that looks like dog-do? Throw it on the ground, no one would think to pick it up.

San said...

Who knows, Joe? It'll keep fashion victims off the streets.

San said...

Chewy, you perfect that smell and you're in business!

Lee said...

I rather like the pattern of the purse. It might turn out to be too large to carry conveniently but the circles and curves in it appeal to me. I wonder if they could do it in a mini version.

Who would ever want to look like a vending machine? It reminds me of those fake book safe boxes that people probably still buy. Somewhere I read that all the thieves knew which books to look for.